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Adults, middle-aged people indifferent towards Royal baby: Poll

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 19:41

London: While the British media is full of news about the new arrival in the Royal family, the adults and middle-aged people in the UK seems indifferent towards their future king, according to a survey.

Kate Middletone, the Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to a baby boy on Monday. The front pages of every national newspaper were full of coverage and crowds celebrated through the night outside Buckingham Palace.

However, YouGov research, a portal for news and opinion on UK Government and politics, said overall, slightly fewer British adults are interested (46 per cent) than uninterested (53 per cent) in the Royal birth.

The survey found women, Conservatives and young people are the most interested in the birth of the Royal baby.

However, the sexes are highly polarised: for women, the interested outnumber the not interested by 60 per cent-38 per cent, but for men the opposite is true ? the not interested outnumber the interested by 68 per cent-29 per cent.

The next most divided are the two main political parties. The majority (60 per cent) of Conservative voters are interested while 40 per cent are not, and the majority (60 per cent) of Labour voters are uninterested while only 39 per cent are paying attention.

The ages are third most split, but perhaps not the way you would expect.

The middle-aged are seemingly indifferent (57 per cent of 40-59 year olds are not interested while 41 per cent are) while the young are quite excited: the majority (51 per cent) of 18-24 year olds are interested while 43 per cent are not.

By region, the North and London are for once united: 56 per cent and 53 per cent don’t care, while 42 per cent and 41 per cent are interested. The rest of the south is by far the most interested region; the only place where those interested outnumber those uninterested (by 50 per cent-49 per cent).

The baby was delivered at St Mary`s Hospital in Paddington, west London.
The bookies have George as the favourite name for the boy, however previous research by YouGov found James to be the most popular name favoured by the public.


First Published: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 19:41
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